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Old 07-13-15, 01:46 AM
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damaged rear canti lever brake cable stop

Hi all ,

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I have just noticed that a second hand bike I picked up has its rear brake cable stop damaged . For now it seems ok . There is just enough of the cable stop left to keep the cable held in place .

However for peace of mind I'd like to get it taken care of .

Would this be something that could easily be fixed by a frame builder /welder ? The frame is some type of chromoly steel .

Also switching to V brakes has crossed my mind . I f I were to switch out the cantis for V brakes then this damaged cable stop wouldn't be used anyway ?

Thanks if you have some advice ,

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Old 07-13-15, 04:55 AM
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Originally Posted by jambon
Also switching to V brakes has crossed my mind . I f I were to switch out the cantis for V brakes then this damaged cable stop wouldn't be used anyway ?
You will need V-brake-compatible levers if you decide to do this.

There are cable stops available which mount to the seat post binder bolt: Surly Stainless Steel Cable Hanger - Parts - Brakes & Parts - Components or this: Amazon.com: Nashbar Rear Brake Cable Hanger or these: Nitto Rear Brake Hangers / Key Fob which you could use instead

You could also drill and tap a small hole for a set screw to clamp the cable ferrule in place or to act as a stop.
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I'm not sure it's worth it to repair the frame, it doesn't look particularly valuable. There are a few cable hangers that mount to the seatpost binder bolt but the existing hanger might be in the way, the hanger can be removed but I'd leave the bridge in place. There's also the possibility of changing to v-brakes. This is not always straightforward because post spacing and the spring hole locations have changed over the years.
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I can't tell, but it looks OK. Split stops were common BITD to allow the housing to be pulled up and the cable disconnected in a way comparable to how V-brake QRs work. If the ferrule is well pocketed so it can't go anywhere, you're fine and I wouldn't sweat it until I had a reason to.

If the stop is bent open (possibly because an oversized ferrule was pushed in, you might be able to tap it back to shape with a light hammer. if you feel comfortable doing so.
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You can get a seat post clamp bolt hung cable housing stop to take over it's function..
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It's fairly easy for a frame builder to fix. Just grind off the broken one and silver-solder on a new one. But you'll end up spending a C-note to get somebody to do it for you, if you can find a local guy.
That's why I got myself a nice hot torch and some brazing bits and a internet connection to Nova Supply... that fix would cost me about two bucks worth of cable stop, silver, flux and gas. But it would take me an hour.
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My approach would be to tie (actually "whip" the ferrule in place like old time sailors used to) with waxed nylon or polyester twine. It would take me most of that hour spent brazing, mostly because I would probably have to do it twice to figure out how to do it best, cleanest, neatest. Pain would not be damaged, so that is a blessing in both time and cost. All the tie has to do is keep the ferrule in place and it is completely visible so nothing unseen is going to happen down the road.

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Its not a hard job for someone used to fabricating, but of course it wont be cheap. If its a bike you like it could be worth the price of a good repair.

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